BEATS & PIECES
LIVEWIRE PROMOTIONS’ Prestatyn weekender on November 4/5/6 will be the busiest yet with over 4,000 booked in already (it’s doubtful but there may be last minute room left on 01-364 1212, no day passes being available so don’t turn up on spec at the gate), the big live attraction of Keith Sweat being supplemented by the James Taylor Quartet plus PAs by Karyn White, Kym MazeIle, d. mob, Adrenalin MOD, Electra, Jazz & The Brothers Grimm, Heaven & Earth, Troop, Reid, while Tim Westwood’s Saturday night rap special will feature the Ruthless Rap Assassins, plus hopefully Salt-n-Pepa and Kid ‘N’ Play … 4am is the new closedown time on both nights … Chris Hill and Robbie Vincent running a soul room to counter the inevitable acid overkill elsewhere – however, care is being taken to ensure that not every room is playing the same music (Kev Hill has declared himself an acid free zone!) … Bobby Brown and Cherrelle are already being mooted as the possible stars at the next Easter Prestatyn, while this one might just be graced by the surprise appearance of singing twanger surnamed Benson (but I didn’t tell you that, OK?)! … Stock Aitken Waterman and Bananarama, or their “pop dance” equivalents, will be collecting awards in a separate ceremony to the “black dance” acts at the 1989 International DJ Convention, thus preventing any ugly clash as occurred this year, the Disco Mix Club organised event taking place in London next March with an opening party and pop awards on Sunday 12th at the Hippodrome, all day seminar and World Mixing eliminations on Monday 13th at Leicester Square’s Empire, and Technics World DJ Mixing finals and black awards on Tuesday 14th at the Royal Albert Hall … Virgin seem to have snapped up the Ronald Burrell created Bäs Noir import hit, presumably to keep everything in the family … Phase II ‘Reachin’’ has been temporarily deleted to build up sales demand to help it cross over when put back in the shops … Republic Records are releasing here the months old but still much played Turntable Orchestra ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me‘, from US Music Village Records, out separately although promoed back-to-back with Kym Mazelle ‘I’m A Lover‘, one of Marshall Jefferson’s earlier productions by her on Lower Level Records … Robert Clivilles & David Cole may have signed to Breakout as The Brat Pack for ‘Do It Properly Part II‘, but they’ve also signed to Syncopate under the old name of 2 Puerto Ricans A Blackman And A Dominican! … Damon Rochefort is behind the controversial Mr E ‘Don’t Believe The Hype‘, so far only one solitary acetate which shuttles between Jeff Young and Pete Tong for radio play, being an acid track that samples Sir Alistair Burnett and the recent ITN ‘News At Ten’ report on acid house … Les Adams is remixing Maurice Joshua ‘This Is Acid’ … MCA Records have serviced a 33⅓rpm five track promo of the buoyant trotting 116bpm Mac Band featuring The McCampbell Brothers ‘Jealous (Remix)‘, ahead of November 14 release here — the label has also launched a ‘Sunset Sound of L.A.’ album series, compiling recent UK and US issued singles (regardless of whether recorded in Los Angeles) which readers of this column will know … Ben Liebrand’s Summer ’88 Remix of the Four Seasons featuring Frankie Valli ‘Oh What A Night (December, 1963)’ turns out here as in Holland to be on br. music (1245277, via Prism Leisure Corporation) … Jive have added the She Rockers to a roster that already includes the Wee Papa Girl Rappers … Sleeping Bag Records’ UK launch party was definitely the hottest ticket in town last week (in fact to get in you had to wear a special T-shirt!), everyone being there to make it a pleasant social occasion, but as a music showcase it never took off (although people appreciated the house and rap sets spun by Graeme Park and Tim Westwood) … Dance Aid has finally been given full charitable status by the Charity Commissioners … Westside Records owners Jacqueline and Morgan Khan are the proud parents of two month old Fallon Jasmine Khan, while Breakout’s label manager Mike Sefton is anticipating imminent fatherhood too … Harrow’s Jon Jules had his £1,100 mobile yuppie ‘phone stolen out of his bag while travelling on the tube, and had to fork out for another one, all on top of moving house and finding the ceiling leaks … Virgin’s club plugger Clare Shave had all her belongings swiped at the Rockley Sands weekender, including all her personal telephone contact numbers, and would appreciate being reinformed about people’s private numbers (the sort that wouldn’t be on official file) … I hear that everyone sat on the floor at Rockley Sands when Nicky Holloway started to play acid house — so thankfully the backlash against the commercialisation of “acieed” has begun, just as happens whenever any sort of underground music crosses over — and also that Gary Haisman of d. mob apparently had something against his allocated caravan! … Top Shop has just banned the sale of “Smiley” T-shirts … Pete Haigh (Blackpool), boosting garage and street soul, observes that he saw drugs ruin the northern soul scene in 1974-6, and the backlash then became jazz/funk! … Jeff Thomas’s Mondays at Martha’s Vineyard remain unchanged while as of the opening night this Thursday (27), he crosses the road in Swansea to join Peter Helyer on Thurs/Fri/Saturdays at the newly refurbished Ritzy (formerly Mayfair) … Liverpool “urban funk band” Raw Unlimited play with DJ Desa this Thursday (27) at the Bassment, inside the Comet car park behind Hamilton Square station in Birkenhead — in which town on Monday (31) The Defhouse Twenty Four is at Atmosphere with Desa, Kenni James, Dave Ralph and PAs by Projection, Children Of The Night, Hit & Run … Eartha Kitt is a delighted Norman Scott’s special Hallowe’en guest on Monday (31) at London’s Bang … Steven Danté’s progress in The Club Chart with ‘Imagination’, as of last week, had the neat symmetry: 77 – 38 -30 – 38 – 77 … NANU NANU!
TODD TERRY (pictured here for the first time in rm) got behind the decks at the Wag during Sleeping Bag Records’ UK launch party last week, and mixed up all his hot floor filling productions. It would be nice to say that the result was an event to remember, but in truth, and sadly, it was about as interesting and exciting as hearing any DJ in any club anywhere mixing the same records (which, let’s face it, you are likely to encounter everywhere right now).
Les Adams dropped to one knee bearing a bunch of red roses at his L.A. Mix partner Emma Freilich’s 21st birthday, and said, “I haven’t got you a present, so instead, will you marry me?” Shocked and delighted, Emma luckily answered “Yes!” All together now, “ahh…”
THE TODD TERRY PROJECT ‘Weekend (Club Version)’ (Sleeping Bag Records UK SBUK 1T, via The Cartel)
The hottest import for a while is due out here next week, this Class Action girls sampling (0-)122⅔-122¾-122⅔-122¾-0bpm jerkily jumping canterer having proved bigger than the now B-sided Third World ‘Now That We Found Love’ pulsed and other samples zapped jittery leaping instrumental 121⅓-121⅔-0bpm ‘Just Wanna Dance (Club Version)‘ (Radio Versions too).
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT ‘It’s A Trip (Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out)’ (Jive JIVE T 189)
Kool Kat recorded very calculatedly commercial frantic twittering and jittering acid bubbler from Manchester, borrowing d. mob’s “acieed!” chant and the Fini Tribe’s ‘De Testimony’ chimes, in 127bpm Hacienda and Instrumental Mixes, 0-126bpm Killer Instrumental Mix, likely to do well in the current crossover climate without winning any marks for originality.
BIG DADDY KANE ‘Set It Off (Extended Mix)’ (Cold Chillin’ W76761)
Finally out commercially, this Marley Marl produced/remixed excitingly churning drums throbbed (0-)116¼bpm new wave rap swirler has a naggingly repeated piercing tinny guitar noise that’s even more brain chewing than Public Enemy’s noises (fast talking 0-118⅔bpm LP version too, and tricky fatback funk drummed dubwise 98½-0bpm Bobby Byrd-cutting ‘Get Into It‘). Continue reading “October 29, 1988: The Todd Terry Project, Children Of The Night, Big Daddy Kane, The Real Roxanne, Young M.C.”